Parent Visa Pathways 

If you would love to join your children who emigrated ahead of you and maybe spend precious time with your grandchildren, there are a few visa pathways that may help you. Read more about these below.

If you have children who are Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Eligible New Zealand citizens, they may be able to sponsor you.

You MUST meet the balance of family test (BOF). This means half or more of your children and includes step and adopted children must live in Australia or more of your children living in Australia than any other country.

 

There are two types of parents visa offering permanent residency. The standard Parent Visa with a  current 30-year wait! Or the Contributory  Parent Visa with a current 40-48 month wait. As the names suggest,  parents contribute a significant second application charge towards healthcare costs. You must also be sponsored by your child who is settled in Australia.

Dependent on your age the contributory parent visa may be applied for inside or outside of  Australia and can be applied for as a permanent visa at the outset, or you may choose to apply via a  two-stage pathway via a temporary visa initially, followed by applying for a permanent visa,  allowing the cost to be staged over 2 years.

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  New Temporary  Parent Sponsored Visa

  • Stays of 3 years or 5 years with the option to renew up to a 10-year stay!

  • You can apply for, and be granted, this visa more than once but the maximum stay is 10 years in total.

  • This new visa arrangement is for parents (biological or adoptive) and step-parents of Australian citizens,

  • Australian permanent residents and Eligible New Zealand Citizens.

  • A step-parent can only apply if they are still in a married/de-facto relationship with a biological parent of the sponsoring Australian child.

  • Only one set of parents per household can be sponsored for this visa at a time.

  • There’s no age limit for the temporary sponsored parent visa.

  • There will be  no pathway to permanent residence

  • Numbers will be limited to 15,000 visas annually.

  • The Balance of Family (BOF) test does not apply to this new visa. 

  • A parent(s) cannot work on this visa.

  • They may, assist with family childcare or undertake incidental, unpaid volunteer activities.

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